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>> pelley: tonight, you don't have mail. the u.s. postal service announces cuts affecting every mailbox. nancy cordes has the story. what's the biggest threat to america? the outgoing defense secretary leaves a stark warning. >> it would have one hell of an impact on the united states of america. >> pelley: we may have the ingredients for the biggest winter snowstorm yet this season. david bernard fills us in on when, where, and how much. and as the nation debates gun sales, one police unit in california is taking guns away from those who shouldn't have them. john blackstone there. >> when you're going to take their guns, they're not happy. captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley. >> pelley: good evening. neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds-- unless it's saturday. the u.s. postal service added that qualification to its legendary motto today. the service is broke and it will drop saturday mail delivery in august. the troubles of the postal service are as big
the bag if it goes under and can't repay the u.s. treasury all the money it's had to borrow to make up for those recent losses scott. >> pelley: nancy, thank you. so, what do americans think of this? well, when we asked about ending saturday delivery in a cbs news/"new york times" poll last june, 71% said they favored it; 24% were opposed. and this surprised us today: turns out there are more post offices in america than wal- marts, starbucks and mcdonald's combined. there is a much bigger washington fiscal crisis coming in three weeks. that is when automatic across- the-board budget cuts go into effect unless congress finds another way. in washington lingo, those budget cuts are called sequestration, and david martin has discovered that sequestration is already cutting into national defense. >> reporter: late this afternoon, the 5,000 crew members of the aircraft carrier "truman" got the word: they will not be leaving their home port of norfolk, virginia, for the persian gulf this friday as planned. their deployment is being postponed due to the looming budget crisis. vice admiral mar
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